Study Abroad Style: Fashion Inspired by Rome May 19th, 2013
Photo Credit | All other photos taken by me.
While I have absolutely loved traveling to cities such as Paris and Madrid during my semester abroad, I knew that my time in Europe just wouldn’t be complete without a pit stop in The Eternal City – Rome.
After our program ended, my friend Nicole and I (we’re both graduating in May), decided to skip out on senior week festivities and instead see Italy before returning to Boston. We spent three days in Rome, then headed south to Sorrento, a gorgeous little city close to the Amalfi Coast. Like Paris, Rome is an intoxicating city full of narrow streets and delightful discoveries. Let’s take a trip to some of the most famous monuments of Rome!
All Roads Lead to Rome: About The Eternal City
- Rome is the capital of Italy and the 5th most populous city in the European Union. According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 B.C. by Romulus on Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome.
- The storied city has seen the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the dazzling creativity of the Italian Renaissance, and the 1861 unification of Italy. No wonder they call it the Eternal City.
- If you plan on visiting, make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes! The abundance of history also means less-modern pavement and transportation methods. The Roman metro, for instance, doesn’t really span the entire city because it’s not easy to build subway tunnels due to all the ruins that are underground.
- Also, keep in mind that you can be turned away from churches if your shoulders and knees aren’t covered. So, remember to keep a cardigan or shawl as well as a pair of tights with you just to be on the safe side.
The Colosseum is, well, colossal. (Oh, how my rhetoric dazzles.) This ancient amphitheater, the largest in the world, began construction in 70 A.D. under the Roman emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 A.D. under Titus’s rule. The Colosseum, or Colosseo, could seat 50,000 people and was used for events such as gladiator matches, mock sea battles (in which the entire arena was flooded with water), animal hunts, and theatrical productions.
Take a trip back in time with this ancient Roman-inspired ensemble. Confession: I actually saw a girl wearing this exact dress during my visit to the Roman forums — which are right next to the Colosseum — and creepily followed her for a bit because I liked the dress so much. (I may or may not have cried a little when I was unable to find the dress in my size in any Mango store.)
The cutout back of the dress is such a fun detail, while its flowy fabric pairs perfectly with understated gladiator sandals. Add a pair of claw earrings and a sword bangle to represent the Colosseum’s entertainment offerings. Finally, stow your belongings in a cute red cross-body bag for a fun pop of color!
St. Peter’s Basilica
While I’m not religious, visiting Saint Peter’s Basilica was seriously awe-inspiring. Even while we were waiting outside in the square, the domed exterior of the building was incredible. Inside, the jaw-droppingly beautiful statues, inlays, and carvings cover every inch of the basilica – one hardly knows where to look! According to Roman Catholic tradition, Saint Peter’s burial site is located under the basilica, which was consecrated in 1626.
As with most churches in Italy, the Basilica holds its guests to a respectful dress code – shoulders and knees must be covered. Admittedly, I forgot to bring a long-enough skirt and had to buy myself a pair of 3-euro leggings, which I wore as pants. (Forgive me.)
Look perfectly put-together in this monumental house of worship with a dusty rose blouse and crisp jacquard trousers. A sharp jacket with a slight metallic sheen adds a bit of edge to the outfit, while a pretty gold necklace recalls the gilded decoration of the basilica.
Fontana di Trevi
I was shocked when I saw the Trevi Fountain – it looks just like the one outside of Caesar’s Palace in Vegas, doesn’t it? (Joking!) In all seriousness, this fountain was one of the Roman sites I was most excited to visit, and for good reason! The enormous Baroque fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi and completed after his death in 1762.
Oceanus, the god of water, is the centerpiece of the breathtakingly dramatic fountain. According to tradition, throwing a coin into the Trevi guarantees that you’ll return to Rome.
The Trevi is literally a fountain of inspiration: a flowing cerulean skirt references the crystal-clear water, while a white top and pale gray cardigan allude to the complex stone sculptures. Make sure to choose graceful fabrics that drape well. Metallic flats and stone drop earrings are simple but chic. Finally, slip on a jangly coin bracelet to make sure that you’ll return to Rome!
You have to feel a little sorry for the French – they were the ones who actually paid for the famous Spanish Steps! (They are named so because they connect the Spanish Embassy at the base of the steps with the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.) The Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti, as it’s called in Italian, is the widest staircase in Europe, and is the perfect place to people-watch while enjoying a gelato.
While I have still never actually seen the movie, I don’t think an inspired-by Rome post is complete without an outfit referencing Roman Holiday!
Audrey Hepburn would surely approve of this sweet and classic ensemble. A Peter Pan blouse and high-waisted skirt are perfectly complemented by a sky-blue cardigan and pretty peep-toe flats. A chic scarf and preppy satchel finish off the look.
What did you think?
Would you wear these outfits? Have you been to Rome? What was your favorite place to visit? Have you seen Roman Holiday? (It’s on my to-watch list!) Let me know in the comments!
Style Remix: Swimwear Edition May 18th, 2013
Images via ELLE
On Style Remix, we show you interesting new ways to wear staples that most college girls already own, and today, we’re featuring a real summer classic: the swimsuit!
Rather than showing you new ways to wear your swimsuit to the beach or pool, we’re showing you new ways to play with beach outfits and coverups for settings like beach bonfires, boardwalks, water parks, and lounging by lakehouses.
The most common go-to’s for swimsuit coverups are sundresses, long tunic tops with loose shorts, and even the occasional maxi dress. So today, we’re pushing the envelope to show you even more ways to work your summer swimwear! We’ve even paired each look with a new favorite summer song.
1. Icona Pop: “I Love It (feat. Charli XCX)”
Much like the peppy beat of “I Love It,” this outfit has a lot of energy!
Pop a few buttons on the tie-front blouse to show off your bathing suit top, and slip on a skater skirt — it provides decent coverage and a great silhouette for this summer. With this look, you can get away with mixing prints since they’re in such small amounts: a little polka-dot in the bow, a little floral in the sunglasses, and the stripes in the bikini all work together here.
2. Jillette Johnson: “Torpedo”
“Torpedo” captures the easygoing vibe of summer so perfectly, and with a little soul in the vocals and reverb in the chorus, it’s got us hooked on fresh, funky, youthful style.
For this look, we paired a fringed monokini with high-waist shorts and free-spirited accessories. This look gives you legs for days: the combo of high-waisted shorts and neutral wedges will elongate those gams like nothing else. Here, we’ve paired neons and brights with neutrals for a look that’s on-trend and perfectly fresh for a summer afternoon.
3. Caro Emerald: “Back It Up”
Even though Dutch artist Caro Emerald’s CD has been out for a couple of years, “Back it Up” is just now getting popular in the US.
For this swim-friendly look, we’ve paired a bikini with a long, tulip-cut knit skirt, vintage-inspired accessories, and a glam sun hat! Channel your inner jazz crooner with shapes that not only emphasize your curves, but also provide some modest coverage. Since you’re more covered on the bottom, you could take a fashion risk and go bikini-only on top (if your location allows) or you could slip on a light, sleeveless, semi-sheer blouse, like this one.
What do you think?
Would you wear these beach separates? Which look is your favorite? How do you style your beach cover-ups? Have you listened to any of these songs? Tell us in the comments below!
Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Alessandra Ambrosio, Audrina Patridge, and Nina Dobrev. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.
Look 1: Alessandra Ambrosio’s Summer Fun Look
Photo: Pacific Coast News
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio always gives off that laid-back, beach girl vibe, and now that the weather is warming up, she gets to show off her awesome boho-inspired style.
This week, she wore beachy striped shorts with a wide brown belt, a chambray shirt, a low slung bag, flat sandals, and cool sunglasses. I love the combo of her denim shirt and her printed shorts; together, they create a look that’s both relaxed and put-together.
Outfit Inspired by Alessandra
These striped shorts are great for warm seasons and would make any outfit more vibrant — the print and colors are so fun and summery. Pair them with a denim or chambray shirt and summer-appropriate accessories like eclectic bracelets, a buckled crossbody bag, cool sunglasses, and flat sandals. This outfit is perfect for a casual day out and about.
Look 2: Audrina Patridge’s Sleek Snake Look
Photo: Pacific Coast News
Audrina Patridge was spotted out on the town in some super cool snake-print skinny jeans, a black asymmetrical top, long necklace, black heels and a black quilted handbag.
Audrina’s printed jeans make quite a statement, as does her top, thanks to its unique cut. Printed jeans are still a huge trend — expect them to stay around for awhile! That said, floral prints generally dominate this trend, so a snake print is a sleek alternative that’s especially perfect for a night out.
Outfit Inspired by Audrina
These gray snake print skinny jeans make a cool statement and are perfect for a night out on the town when paired with sleek black accessories. Chic black pumps and a quilted bag round off the jeans, and a long pendant necklace adds some shine to a black asymmetrical top. This top is definitely a standout piece due to its on-trend hemline.
Look 3: Nina Dobrev’s Beach Ready Look
Photo: Pacific Coast News
Nina Dobrev soaked up the sunshine in Miami with friends this week, but didn’t lose her sense of style even when on the beach. She looked casual and summery in some seafoam green denim shorts, an open-knit sweater (ideal for a warm, yet breezy day), a light-colored straw fedora hat, and flat sandals.
While Nina wore this outfit as a bathing suit cover-up, her look would be equally awesome for non-beach days.
Outfit Inspired by Nina
Seafoam green denim shorts add a fun pop of color to any outfit, and are so perfect for spring and summer. A cream-colored sweater with open-knit weaving looks laid-back and cute when paired with the shorts and a matching straw fedora hat.
Flat sandals – these have a pretty floral cutout design and metallic color – keep things casual. Lastly, accessorize with a long pendant necklace that features an adorable elephant and beading to tie together all the colors found throughout the outfit.
What do you think?
Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!
Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Kourtney Kardashian, Jessica Szohr, and Ashley Tisdale. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.
Look 1: Kourtney Kardashian’s London Look
Photo: Pacific Coast News
Kourtney Kardashian looked trendy while abroad in London with her family. The stylish star wore red skinny jeans with black riding boots and a navy military-esque blazer featuring buttons and fun gold pins. She accessorized her look with oversized sunglasses (a Kardashian signature) and a black bag.
Kourtney’s outfit is great spring inspiration since it has a classic look to it, thanks to its equestrian feel, but is also really current, incorporating fun spring trends like colored skinny jeans and oversized shades.
Outfit Inspired by Kourtney
Colored skinny jeans have been an ongoing trend for a while now, and it seems like they’re here to stay. What’s not to love, though? Outfits can always benefit from a pop of color, and colored denim is a great alternative to basic blue.
Some red skinny jeans totally pop in Kourtney’s look when paired with classic pieces like black riding boots and a navy military-esque blazer. To keep things trendy, accessorize with some oversized sunglasses and a black satchel bag — this one has gold chain detailing which gives it extra flair.
Look 2: Jessica Szohr’s White Night Out
Photo: Pacific Coast News
Actress Jessica Szohr turned heads while out for the night in Hollywood in a white lace mini dress and some awesome coral-colored pumps. Jessica’s look is perfect for spring or summer – I’m in love with how the bright coral contrasts with her white dress, giving the basic outfit a perfect pop of color.
The best part? This look can work day or night for any event that requires you dress up a bit.
Outfit Inspired by Jessica
I am a big fan of the little white dress, especially during the spring and summer, because it has such a light, breezy vibe. This white lace dress, similar to Jessica’s, really pops with the help of some coral peep-toe pumps. (Bonus: Coral is another hue that is so perfect for this season!) A rhinestone statement necklace adds extra interest to the look, as does a black and white zig-zag print clutch.
Look 3: Ashley Tisdale’s Walk on the Wild Side
Photo: Pacific Coast News
Ashley Tisdale tried out a “wild” look while out and about with her adorable dog in Los Angeles. She wore some faded leopard-print skinny jeans cuffed at the ankle with black low-top Converse sneakers, a loose white tank top, a long pendant necklace, and a gray beanie hat.
Ashley’s look is great because it’s super laid-back (and comfy!), but with trendy touches like the leopard print, necklace, and beanie, this ensemble will also stand out in any crowd.
Outfit Inspired by Ashley
These leopard print skinny jeans have a faded look to them that makes them super-similar to Ashley’s, which is awesome because the fading means the print won’t become overwhelming. A casual, loose, white tank top also helps balance out the jeans, while a long pendant necklace adds a feminine touch. Accessorize with classic Converse sneakers and a beanie hat like Ashley for a chill look, or try flat sandals and a denim button-down shirt for a different twist.
What do you think?
Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!
Study Abroad Style: Fashion Inspired by Paris April 25th, 2013
What girl doesn’t dream of Paris in springtime? (The lucky ones who live there year-round, I suppose.) If you read the previous post in this series, you know that I’m spending the semester studying abroad in Madrid. The great thing about studying in Europe is the proximity to other countries: it seems like the rest of Europe is just a stone’s throw away! For spring break, or “Semana Santa”, as they call it in Spain, my friend Nicole and I spent eight days exploring Paris.
Fond as I am of my new home in the city of Madrid, I’ll admit that I fell head over heels in love with the City of Light. I’m still a little sad I had to leave, but I can relive my memories by sharing these looks inspired by some of the famous monuments of Paris!
P.S. All the photos in this post are from my trip, so apologies for gratuitous pictures of myself! Although I do have to say that I think I did a good job blending in– I got asked several times for directions from both tourists and locals. It’s safe to say that trench coats and leather jackets are a good choice. Also, scarves are the holy grail of Parisian accessories.
Joie de Vivre: About Paris
Paris is the capital and the largest city in France. The city is divided into 20 districts, called “arrondissements.” The 1st arrondissement is in the center of the city and the rest are named in clockwise order spiraling outwards towards the city limits. (We stayed in the 12th arrondissement, which led to many dumb jokes about being in District 12 and volunteering as tribute.)
What to Do in The City of Lights
- Apart from the sights listed below, we also visited Notre Dame Cathedral, Victor Hugo´s house, and Pere Lachaise Cemetery (where Jim Morrison is buried), all of which are free. We also ventured down into the Catacombs (they house over 6 million skeletons–so creepy but so fascinating). The Seine river cruises are super touristy, but still really fun.
- If you want to soak in all the history, I’d recommend getting the Paris Museum Pass. It comes in two, four, or six day passes and grants admission to over 60 museums and monuments, including Versailles, the Louvre, Centre de Pompidou, and Napoleon’s Tomb.
Housing & Food
- Since we were there for a week, Nicole and I did a short-term apartment rental instead of staying at a hostel or hotel. We rented from a Ph.D student, and it actually came out to be less than a hotel would have cost. The apartment had a kitchen, so we also saved money by cooking our own food.
- Three words: Freshly baked baguettes. At 90 cents a pop, there’s no guilt in eating an entire loaf every day! (Caloric guilt, maybe.) Cheese and wine are also incredibly affordable in the supermarkets.
- The crêpe stands on the street are totally irresistible, but make sure to insist that the vendors make the pancake part fresh, as there’s nothing worse than paying for a soggy, limp crêpe!
- There’s a reason the line is out the door at Ladurée: their macarons and other pastries aren’t just beautiful, they’re also beyond scrumptious.
Shopping & Fashion
- The ubiquitous supermarket Monoprix is sort of like a Parisian Target. They sell regular groceries as well as makeup, clothing, and accessories. Other popular (but pricey) brands are Petit Bateau – which started as a kids store but has branched into women’s wear — Comptoir des Cotonniers, Maje, Kookai, and shoe stores Andre and Jonak.
- If you’re looking for a bargain, many of these brands have stock stores, which are like individual outlet shops for last-season merchandise. Just Google “stock store Paris” for comprehensive lists.
- There are tons of flea markets and vintage shops around Paris as well, if you’re looking to score that one-of-a-kind piece. I had lots of luck with the thrift store chain Guerrisol.
- Make sure to take a walk down Champs D´Elysees. All the high end designer goods were way out of my price range, but it was nice to daydream. Fun fact: the French term for window shopping is “faire du lèche-vitrine,” which literally translates to “licking the windows.”
Outfits Inspired by Paris
L-R: Monet’s Woman With a Parasol, Rhinoceros, Musée du Orsay Clock
When it comes to Parisian museums, everyone knows about the Musée du Louvre, the stately home of the Mona Lisa and possibly the Holy Grail, but my personal favorite has to be the Orsay, which houses the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.
The building, constructed in 1900, was once the Gare d’Orsay, a major train station, but was closed in 1939. In 1986, the Musée d’Orsay opened its doors to patrons eager to see works by artists such as Degas, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, and Seurat.
Take inspiration from this masterpiece of a museum with an artistically-inclined outfit that would be suitable for exploring any museum!
A watercolor-print dress is reminiscent of the Impressionist works in the Orsay, while a taupe blazer adds a touch of formality. Comfy wedge sandals are cute, but won’t kill your feet as you wander the exhibits. Add an ornate pocket watch-style necklace as a reference to the huge Beaux Arts clock in the Main Hall (it was, after all, a train station!) Keep using accessories as homage: a sunflower ring pays tribute to Van Gogh, while a gold bangle is a cute miniature of the rhinoceros statue outside the museum.
Visiting the tower, the view from the top
There’s no Parisian monument as iconic as this one! The Eiffel Tower, named for designer Gustav Eiffel, was erected in 1889 as part of the World Fair.
Since most of us can’t imagine Paris without the iron structure, it’s interesting to note that many Parisian artists absolutely despised the building when it was first constructed, calling it a monstrosity. The Tower was initially scheduled to be dismantled in 1909, but was allowed to stay due to its additional function as a radio tower. Today, the Eiffel tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world.
I tried hard to figure out a flattering outfit that resembles a 320 meter tall iron tower, but eventually decided to just go with a more relaxed interpretation. This classic and oh-so-French ensemble would be perfect for strolling the gardens that surround the Eiffel Tower.
You can’t go wrong with classics like a perfectly worn-in chambray shirt, slingback nude flats, and a black leather tote. Statement pieces like a striped skirt and metal lattice necklace keep the look fresh, while a black and white scarf with an Eiffel tower print provides a subtle tribute to the famous tower. Complete the look with a perfect red lip!
L-R: Moulin Rouge, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Cabaret au Lapin Agile
Montmartre, located in the 18th arrondissement, is home to the white-domed Sacre Coeur Basilica. Although less active today, the area was also known, historically, for its community of bohemian artists and a lively red-light district. During the early 20th century, artists such as Picasso and Modigliani frequented Montmartre cabarets such as Le Chat Noir and Lapin Agile. Montmartre also serves as the backdrop for many well-known movies such as Amelie, Moulin Rouge!, and La Vie En Rose.
Follow in the footsteps of generations of aspiring artists and get inspired by this colorful district!
A white blazer is super on-trend for spring and is the perfect complement to a simple gray button-down and jeans. Don’t forget to add a pop of color with the Frenchwoman’s favorite accessory, the scarf! Rabbit earrings allude to the Cabaret au Lapin Agile (which translates to “nimble rabbit”) while chic striped ballet flats will guarantee you a certain je ne sais quoi. Stash your sketchbook and pencils in a casual tote bag emblazoned with an elephant (a subtle reference to the Moulin Rouge! film).
Château de Versailles
L-R: The Queen’s Bedroom, The Hall of Mirrors, Courtyard
The Château de Versailles, located outside of Paris, began as a humble hunting lodge and eventually became the grand epicenter of French political power, housing the court of Louis XIV, the Sun-King. It was also the home of doomed monarchs Louix XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Today, the splendid royal apartments and gardens are open to the public. While you’ll literally have to fight your way through the swarms of tourists, the incredible chambers and gilded decorations are well worth the trouble.
While no one envies Marie Antoinette‘s eventual fate, there’s no harm in taking inspiration from the lavish court life she once enjoyed.
Pair a metallic tweed jacket with brocade shorts for a take on the shorts suit. A mint blouse complements the cream and gold colors. Versailles is well-known for being absolutely slathered in gold, so bring on the bling with a gilded lace necklace, a fleur de lis ring, and cute cameo earrings. Finally, pay homage to the famous Hall of Mirrors with a pair of gleaming flats and a cute pocket mirror to stash in your purse.
Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare and Company
The Left Bank of the Seine is peppered with stores and stalls hawking antique books and prints. One of the most famous is Shakespeare and Company, which was opened by George Whitman in 1951. Whitman, an American GI, allowed young writers, travelers, artists, and poets to stay in the apartment above the bookstore so long as they read a book every day and contributed to running the shop.
Shakespeare and Co. was one of the first English-language bookstores in Paris, and remains a popular spot to this day – it was recently featured in the Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris. (I had never heard of it until last year, when I did a scavenger hunt that included taking a picture in the shop as a hunt item.) It’s a delightful, dusty little place full of books and dreamers.
Whether you’re searching for rare books or just poring over your notes for your upcoming finals, make sure you look chic while doing it!
A classic white button-down is the perfect foil for a skater skirt in the same hue as the bookstore’s facade. Nude flats with mustard bows will make your legs look fantastic. A literary-inspired infinity scarf (this one’s Les Miserables) and chic reading glasses will have you prepared to tackle even the most daunting of tomes. Angel earrings allude to the motto painted inside the bookstore, while a cognac satchel is perfect for hauling around a stack of books!
L-R: Magical Hippo, Magical Castle, Magical Beanstalk
Disneyland, you scoff? Really? I thought this post was supposed to about culture. Well, I’m the one writing this article, and I happen to be a firm believer in the eternal magic that is Disney. Faith, trust, and pixie dust, folks!
Disneyland Paris (once called Euro Disney) is located about 40 minutes outside of the city and contains the Disneyland Park (akin to Disneyland Resort or the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World) and the Walt Disney Studios Park, which is similar to California Adventure and Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Disneyland Paris is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary year.
As an OC native, I’ll always love the Anaheim park best, but I had to admit that Disneyland Paris was pretty magical! Their version of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is absolutely beautiful. (And, I have to admit, out of all the castles in Europe, this is the one I was most excited to see.)
Sprinkle some pixie dust into your wardrobe with a cheerful ensemble inspired by one of the happiest places on Earth!
A peplum lace shell is princess-worthy (no need for a ballgown) and pairs perfectly with bright pink trousers. Add a teal blazer for an easy take on colorblocking. Next, slip on a trusty scarf — this one’s emblazoned with a map print. Finally, bring on the magic with sparkling Mickey earrings and a pair of glitzy oxfords that would be perfect for a day of running around a theme park.
What do you think?
Would you wear these outfits? Have you ever visited Paris? If so, what were some of your favorite sites? Would you like to see more posts inspired by cities? (I’m thinking about writing an article about Spanish cities other than Madrid.) Let me know in the comments!
How to Style and Wear a Sheer Top April 20th, 2013
Photos Courtesy of ELLE
It’s been slow and steady, but warmer weather is approaching and with it comes fewer layers, lightweight fabrics and lots of new trends to try.
One of my favorite things to wear during this transitional period is sheer clothing. There’s something quite summery about see-through fabrics, yet they can also be paired with more “substantial” pieces, like boots or jackets, until the weather stays consistently warm.
Below, I’ll show you four different ways to style a sheer blouse. For this post, I tried to limit myself to using a single sheer top, but — since I am a huge fan of this trend — that proved to be impossible, so instead I used three different tops to illustrate my points.
1. Making it college-appropriate
My first top was a yellow silk blouse that I have two problems with:
- It’s sheer, so I can’t really wear a normal bra underneath.
- It is too loose! This particular top is one size bigger than what I normally wear, meaning that it shows more skin than what would be okay to show at school.
To bypass these small issues, I had to pay attention to what I wore underneath. Here, I layered the yellow top over a black, sleeveless bodysuit. That way, I didn’t have to worry about accidentally flashing everyone and it gave me some protection against the cold (in addition to a jacket, not pictured).
If you don’t want to show any skin at all, take this as a lesson and wear a bodysuit, a tight tank top, or t-shirt underneath your sheer top — just make sure the sleeve length of the bottom layer matches the one of the top layer to create a polished look. As far as the rest of this outfit goes, I kept it low-key with dark shades, accessorizing with a simple watch and adding an additional pop of color with red lipstick.
2. Small things, big changes
For the second outfit, I switched out the blouse and replaced the bodysuit with a corset, but left the bottom half unchanged. As you can see in the picture, it is pretty clear where the fabric ends and where the skin begins, so I’d say this is more of a going out look than an on-campus one.
If you want to cover up a little more, you can easily layer a jacket or a vest over this look.
3. A complete style turn-over
Next, I took the same sheer red blouse and adapted it into a completely different look. The first outfit I created was quite sharp and daring, whereas this second ensemble is casual, colorful and practically screams “spring!”
To switch things up, I substituted the black corset for a patterned bikini top. This is something I would wear when hanging out with friends or as a casual, yet trendy weekend look. Since swimsuits are usually fun and bright, they provide a cute alternative to bras.
I paired the top with these mint-colored shorts, which always seem to put me in the good mood. The finishing touches included my lucky charm necklace and a slouchy leather bag, which kept the ensemble from looking too much like something I’d wear to the beach. Also, I chose not to tuck in my blouse, which gave my outfit a carefree vibe. Small details like these can make a world of difference!
4. How to wear a sheer white top
White, see-through blouses are probably the trickiest things to wear — well, they are for me at least. When it comes to bra color choices for these tops, you’re usually left with two options: nude or white. However, I decided to go bolder and instead wore a violet-colored bra underneath a white blouse.
Since the bra was obviously very visible under the sheer fabric, I opted to hide it a bit with a faux fur vest. Not only did this keep my outfit relatively modest, but it also kept me warm and toasty throughout the day.
The beauty of vests is that they are easily adaptable. Here, I used one to create a casual daytime outfit, by pairing it with jeans and flats. (Obviously, this outfit would probably be better for a casual outing with friends than a classroom.) However, if you feel like dressing up a bit, you could easily replace the jeans with a skirt and wear a delicate necklace for a more feminine look. It all depends on your mood and personal style.
Are you looking forward to trying this trend? What did you think about the outfits? What item would you like to see me style next? I’m excited to hear your thoughts and opinions!
Style Remix: White Button-Down Shirt, Black Trousers March 7th, 2013
This week on Style Remix, we’re featuring the oh-so-classic combination of a white button-down shirt and black trousers. If you don’t already have one of each in your wardrobe, it’s about time: these two can take you from a business casual dress code to a business formal occasion in a snap, and they’re perfect for almost any interview.
How to Wear It
- Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! A plain white button-down and black pants can look a bit “restaurant-server” if the outfit is too plain.
- It’s all about the fit. Take the time to find pieces that fit your body and your budget. If you need to, find a tailor to make sure your blouse doesn’t bag at the waist and your trousers are the right length. If you alternate between wearing flats and pumps, and want to wear both with your pants, consider buying two pairs and hemming them to different lengths.
- The most versatile trouser cuts right now are slim bootcut or straight leg. Some straight leg trousers are also cut to ankle length, which can look phenomenal with pumps. However, they can be harder to fit or less flattering depending on your body type. The slim bootcut style is more traditional and more universally flattering.
Today, we’ll take a look at a few different ways to style this classic combination so that you can get the most wear out of your business pieces. Business does not have to mean boring!
1. The Power Suit (without the suit!)
Easily the most traditional look of the three, this look is powerful, professional, and polished. This is the “power suit” look without the cost of a full suit!
For this outfit, wear a decorative necklace under the collar of your buttoned blouse for an ultra-sophisticated look, and add pastel earrings for a little extra pop. The pumps featured here have a subtle gold embellishment and tortoiseshell heel to pull out the gold accents in the earrings and necklace. A bold red lip would work fabulously with this understated professional outfit, too!
2. The Upgraded Bohemian
If you’re a little more of a bohemian and find yourself squirming in more traditional business wear (or maybe you just need a day to rock some color), consider trying this take on the classic combo.
For this look, add pieces that reflect elements of the natural world: imitation stone earrings, watches with wooden accents, and a teal shoe for vibrancy. To keep this boho outfit looking professional, make sure the rest of your ensemble is very streamlined. Tuck in your shirt, try a nail polish in a subtle, complementary color, and keep your beauty look fresh and bright.
3. The Modern Edge
There’s a fine line to walk if you want to mix edgy and professional — and we’re here to show you how to do it! It’s all about choosing pieces with clean, crisp lines, and using bold color sparingly.
Here, we’ve incorporated a few different spring trends: bold stripes, matte nails, chain-style jewelry, and brights. By using more understated versions of each trend, with only one bold color in the mix, it’s not an overwhelming or unprofessional combination. The matte nail is in a sheer nude shade, and the striped pumps are super crisp in black and white.
What do you think?
Would you wear these outfits? How do you get the most wear out of your business basics? Tell us in the comments below!
Style Remix: The College Sweatshirt February 21st, 2013
The classic college sweatshirt | Photo Credit
You asked — we answered! This week’s Style Remix is the classic collegiate sweatshirt. Today, we’ll show you how to wear a college sweatshirt without just resorting to the old jeans-and-sweatshirt uniform.
About the College Sweatshirt
Often, one of the first acts of a new collegiate is to buy their university’s logo sweatshirt. While not typically the most fashionable item in the school store, it is one of the most spirited.
When choosing a college sweatshirt, keep in mind that a crewneck style is more versatile than a hoodie – it gives you room for scarves, big earrings, long hair, etc. Crewneck sweatshirts are also great for that little extra retro vibe. That said, all the styles below could easily be modified for a hoodie if it’s your favorite! These looks also work for Greek letter organizations or other on-campus groups.
Here, we’ve put together three ways to wear the basic college sweatshirt (we opted for the crewneck style). Style Remix is all about showing you new potential in classics you already own, so style away!
1. Classic Collegiate
A little bit scholarly, a little bit preppy, and a little bit trendy, this look is great for looking polished in a sweatshirt. (We never thought we’d say that on a fashion blog!) Classic elements like the oxfords and watch take a trendy chambray shirt and college crewneck to a new level.
To get this look, wear the chambray shirt (or any collared shirt) under your crewneck sweater — fold the arms of your crewneck up, and roll the chambray sleeves once or twice. Put your collar over the crew, add accessories, and you’re good to go!
2. On-Trend Jewel Tones
Who says a sweatshirt has to be drab? This look, in fact, is all about color! Trendy jewel tones are a great way to brighten a winter ensemble: Here, we mixed rich magenta jeans with a teal scarf and navy sweatshirt. For a little flair, tan lace-up boots add some wonderful contrast. We’ve paired them with a deep purple knit sock, perfect to just peek over the top of the boot.
3. Pushing the Envelope
If we had told you that a sweatshirt and heels could, in fact, look awesome together, most of you probably would have given us the side-eye. But it’s totally possible to pull them off! The key is to choose a cozy, casual ankle bootie for balance.
While a college sweatshirt itself will never be dressy, we’ve paired it with dressier elements for days you want to show school spirit while still feeling glam. Of course, there’s still room for trendier pieces, like subtly patterned tights and a flirty skater skirt. By still using cozy knit fabrics, we don’t depart too far from the crewneck’s informality, but a little gleam and sparkle from contrasting earrings and a simple necklace go a long way!
What do you think?
It’s your turn — tell us how you rock your college gear in the comments below! What’s your favorite way to wear your crewnecks? What would you like to see next time in Style Remix? Would you wear any of these looks? We love hearing back from you!
Quiz: What’s Your Valentine’s Day Style? February 11th, 2013
Whether you’re paired up or flyin’ solo, this Valentine’s Day, you are sure to look smokin’ hot. For some of you, this holiday is a perfect excuse to dress in hearts, frills, and bows, while others of you would prefer a more subtle approach to this affection-filled day. Not sure where you stand? This quiz can help you out.
Just take this fun quiz below to find out what your Valentine’s Day Style is! If you take the quiz here on the site, the widget will automatically total up your answers for you. If you print the quiz, total up the letters you got and find which one you selected the most. Once you get your answer, find your letter and corresponding result below for a sample outfit based on your personality type.
Quiz: What’s Your Valentine’s Day Style?
Can’t see the quiz above? Don’t worry, you can also click right here to download/print a copy, then come back here to see your result!
Quiz Results – No peeking!
Below are the results of the quiz. Don’t look if you haven’t taken it yet! I’ve created one outfit for each result to help give you some ideas for what to wear. Enjoy!
Mostly A’s: Be Mine
This look is a sweet option for a day of classes, a first date, or date night with your longtime S.O. For this look, pair a sleeveless red dress with a sweet cardigan. Next, add on some adorable polka-dot tights and pointy-toe flats. Finish the look with a simple clutch and rhinestone hoop earrings.
Mostly B’s: Love Birds
If you have fancier date plans (whether that’s with your S.O. or BFFs), a floral pencil skirt and lace top are a perfect way to feel sexy without going over the top. Next add on a coated black jacket to keep it all from feeling too prim and proper. Accessorize with a simple necklace like this rhinestone bird one and grab a pink envelope clutch. Lastly, step into some killer heels to finish the look.
Mostly C’s: Single & Lovin’ It
Who says you need to be paired up on Valentine’s Day to make it a special occasion? Floral trousers take center stage in this vintage-inspired take on a V-Day look. Add on a pullover sweater – this one has a bow-tie detail at the neckline that I absolutely love. Complete your ensemble with a statement bag, timeless watch, oxfords, and a simple ring with an arrow detail that nods to Cupid’s magic love-matching instrument.
Mostly D’s: Heart Breaker
Regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or not, you don’t see Valentine’s Day as a time to get dressed up in pink and bows. Instead, you would much prefer to rock a trendy, edgy look – like a faux leather vest atop a bell sleeve top. A pair of velvet red skinnies add in a hint of that Valentine’s Day aesthetic without making it too obvious. Some gold and red baubles and standout leopard print booties add that something extra. Finish with a swipe of red lipstick and voilà- you have yourself a Valentine’s Day look that a lot less “little girl” and a lot more “badass”.
What do you think?
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? What result did you get? What do you think of the outfit? Which of these outfits is your favorite? What do you plan to wear on Valentine’s Day? Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below?
Old School TV Style: Fashion Inspired by Freaks and Geeks February 7th, 2013
Judd Apatow’s teenage period dramedy, Freaks and Geeks, hardly needs a long introduction.
In case you haven’t heard of it, the show’s accolades alone should pique your interest: Time voted it the third best comedy of the 2000′s, and Entertainment Weekly calls it the 13th best television series of the past 25 years. (If you haven’t caught it on DVD or on Netflix yet, you’re missing out!)
Finally, due to popular reader request, this show is our latest Old School TV Style focus. Read on to learn about the series and the fashionable characters.
About Freaks & Geeks
Freaks and Geeks centers around Lindsay Weir, a once-nerdy high school girl who tries to discover herself by hanging out with a pack of unmotivated burnouts –also known as the “freaks.” Meanwhile, her dorky younger brother Sam and his “geeky” best friends also battle a tough high school crowd.
This show helped launch the careers of huge stars like Jason Segel, James Franco, Seth Rogan, Busy Philipps, and Rashida Jones, and huge names like Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman even had cameo roles!
Despite the show’s promising premise and amazing cast, it only lasted one season. This and the show’s context prompted many comparisons to the legendary drama My So-Called Life, further solidifying Freaks and Geeks‘ cult status.
Although its tenure was brief, Freaks and Geeks‘ legacy lives on–and we’re here to break down some of the style choices featured in the show. Want to steal some freaky and geeky fashion from the early ’80s? Read on, friends!
Linda Cardellini played Lindsay Weir, the show’s protagonist. Considerate and intelligent, Lindsay goes through a personal awakening after her grandmother’s death, and decides to back away from her longtime friends in the Mathletes to join a group of music-loving, weed-smoking burnouts instead. Despite her questionable company, Lindsay, for the most part, stays true to herself and brings out the best in her new set of friends. She sometimes gets frustrated with her parents, younger brother, and old friends, but in general, she is a kind, inquisitive, independent, and very typical teenager.
Lindsay’s style is a unique mix of her normal nerdy style mashed up with newer pieces that reflect her new, rebellious social group. She’s often seen wearing knit sweaters, blouses, and striped tops, but covers them up with her signature utility parka. Lindsay’s style is anything but girly: Her pants are baggy, and she wears sneakers almost every day. Her “anti-fashion” approach to style creates an interesting, casual, grungy look.
An edgy sweater and loose-cut jeans make a perfect base to this outfit inspired by Lindsay Weir. Converse All Stars and a braided leather bracelet add interest without making the outfit look too frilly or deliberate. Undone dark nails would be an awesome “Lindsay” touch to add as well! Finish the look with Lindsay’s signature army jacket.
I have the biggest crush on Jason Segel, and I’m not afraid who knows it! Before he was the lovable Marshall on How I Met Your Mother, Jason melted girls’ hearts as Nick Andopolis, Lindsay’s love interest during part of the show’s run. Nick is a music enthusiast and very kind to his fellow students. He is thoughtful, overly affectionate, and, well, the “geek” within the group of “freaks.”
Nick’s style is a blend of rock-inspired attire mixed with clothes that his mother probably purchased for him. His clothes are always just a little bit nerdy, but also carefree at the same time. Nick is often seen in stone-washed jeans, concert tees, baseball shirts, henleys, and his signature denim jacket. Nick is too obsessed with drumming and Lindsay to pay much attention to his image, but his style still works in a boyish, relaxed way.
To steal Nick’s look, combine two of his go-to items by rocking a graphic baseball tee and a denim coat with warm Sherpa lining. Keep the grungy vibe going with skinny cargo pants. Finish with a pair of Vans and a guitar pick necklace.
The oh-so dreamy James Franco played Daniel Desario, the leader of the “freaks” and Lindsay’s crush for part of the show’s only season. He is careless and irresponsible, but charming enough that most people let him get away with what he wants. While “studying” for a math test, Daniel successfully manipulates Lindsay into believing that he has a severe learning disability. Despite his acting gifts, Daniel is actually self-conscious about his struggle with academics. He’s also a loyal friend and a confident leader of the group.
Daniel’s bad-boy style is an interesting mix of ’50s greaser vibes mashed up with elements of ’70s fashion. His signature leather jacket is part of almost every one of his outfits. Daniel is frequently seen wearing Dickie’s work shirts, flannel button-downs, track jackets, ragged jeans, and grungy beanies.
This show might be based in the early eighties, but a look like this would be at home in any modern day fashion publication! Wear your trusty flannel shirt with a leather jacket, and keep the rebellious vibe going with a slouchy beanie. Finish the look with light-wash jeans and motorcycle boots.
Sam Weir (played by John Francis Daley) is Lindsay’s younger brother and the leader of the “geeks.” Sam is small, incredibly smart, and into science fiction and comedy. Despite being picked on in school, Sam is relatively comfortable with his social status. Sam has a strong moral compass, and once replaced a keg at the house party his sister was throwing with one full of non-alcoholic beer. Sam is the perfect counter to Lindsay and her friends because of his sweet nature and strong regard for morality and rules.
Sam’s clothes are similar to those that stereotypical “geeks” might wear today. Stripes, sweaters, hoodies, and straight leg pants are his closet staples. He is also seen wearing graphic tees, buttoning his collar a little bit too high, and hemming his pants a little too short.
Unleash your inner geek by rocking this nerdy-chic ensemble. A striped v-neck sweater paired with a peter pan collared blouse will look smart and not frumpy, as long as the sweater is fitted and you tuck in the shirt. Rock the look with khaki pants and loafers, and salute Sam’s nerdy BFFs, Neal and Bill, with this cute necklace.
What Do You Think?
Have you ever seen Freaks and Geeks? (PS: If not, you need to catch it on Netflix!) Which character’s style is your favorite? Are you a fan of Judd Apatow projects? What other TV shows would you like to see CF cover? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!